Daejeon World Cup Stadium was constructed for the 2002 World Cup, and since the end of the tournament has been home to South Korean team Daejeon Citizen FC. It is also known as Purple Arena.
Purple Arena is a football stadium which first opened on 13th September 2001 and was purpose built to host matches of the 2002 World Cup. Costing an estimated 143.9 billion won, construction began in December 1998 and finished three years later, well ahead of the tournament which was set to begin in June 2002.
Co-hosted with Japan, in total there were 20 venues for the World Cup tournament which unfortunately meant that on average each stadium received less matches to host than usual. Daejeon World Cup Stadium was given two group matches to host as well as a Round of 16.
The first match was between South Africa and Spain (2-3) in Group B, and the second in Group D featured Poland against United States (3-1). The highest profile match of the tournament was undoubtedly the infamous Round of 16 between South Korea and Italy which the co-hosts won 2-1 in extra-time after a series of referring mistakes.
After the conclusion of the tournament Daejoin Citizen FC moved into the World Cup Stadium for the start of the 2002 season. Previously the club had played at the Hanbat Stadium since 1997, and occasionally such in 2014, they have returned to their old ground for short periods whilst renovation work is carried out at Purple Arena.